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France 1967
Directed by
Jacques Tati
120 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4.5 stars

Playtime

Jacques Tati's film is a resounding satire of the Modernist metropolis as a chic prison of mirrored facades. Shot in 70 mm, with a charming score by Francis Lemarque, many aficionados understandably regard it as Tati's masterpiece.

To realize his vision Tati sank everything he had into the construction of a huge set, known by the crew as 'Tativille', on which the meticulously-executed film is entirely shot. Tragically, the film was a commercial flop, Tati was bankrupted (a not dis-similar experience to that of Coppola with his marvellous 1982 folly, One From The Heart) and by all accounts, left embittered by the experience. It is self-indulgent but it is also a genuine work of cinematic art and one of cinema history's most remarkable production designs.

DVD Features: New digital transfer with restored image and sound and newly translated English subtitles; comes with a 1967 short film, Cours du Soir, written by and starring Tati, and the original theatrical trailers for Playtime, Mon Oncle and Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot.

Available from: Madman

 

 

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